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2013 Oscar Nominees Profiled: Best Original Screenplay
We assess the pros and cons for this year’s Academy Award nominees

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It’s that time of year again, as Hollywood’s finest find themselves, with alarming regularity, donning outfits that cost more than your house and jewellery worth more than you will earn in a lifetime. But awards season is all building to one supreme event, the Empire Awards Oscars on February 24. Ahead of that milestone, we assess the chances of each nominee in the major categories, and see who’s looking good ahead of the big night...

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2013 Oscar Nominees Profiled: Best Original Screenplay | Amour
Amour

Written by: The director Micheal Haneke. Read the script here (PDF).

Why He Will Win

1  The film clearly has huge momentum going, with a Best Picture and Directing nomination to match this, so it must be in with a shot.
2 This might be the runner-up prize when (as expected) Amour loses out on Best Picture.
3 The Pianist and Pulp Fiction both demonstrated that a Palme d’Or winner of recent times can win the Best Screenwriting Oscar.

 

 Why He Won't Win

1  It’s vanishingly rare for screenplays entirely in a foreign language to win in this category.
2 This screenplay was very short – under 70 pages – despite producing a much longer film. That might be a bit sparse for this usually talky prize.
3 This didn’t even win Best Screenplay at the European Film Awards, so what chance does it have at the Oscars?

 

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